Waffle House shooting leaves 4 dead, 4 injured in Antioch: police

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Updated: 01:35pm

(CBS News) – Four people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House in Tennessee early Sunday, authorities said. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said they were drafting an arrest warrant for Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Illinois, who was still at large.

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The shooting took place at the Waffle House located at 3571 Murfreesboro Pike in Antioch.

Don Aaron of the Metro Nashville Police Department told CBS affiliate WTVF that witnesses said Reinking drove his pickup truck into the Waffle House parking lot around 3 a.m. local time. They said Reinking exited his truck and began firing AR-15 at two people outside the restaurant, Aaron said. He then went inside the restaurant and opened fire.

One patron rushed Reinking and was able to grab the weapon, who fled the Waffle House, Aaron said. Reinking was wearing a green jacket when he went into the restaurant and later “shed” the coat a short distance away, he added. Reinking was last seen walking nude southbound on Murfreesboro Pike, Aaron said.

Of the four people who were injured, two of them were shot, Aaron said. Police later shared an image of the weapon used in the shooting.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident,” Waffle House said in a statement. Waffle House said there is an active investigation, and deferred all questions to police.

“This is a very sad day for the Waffle House family, and we ask for everyone to keep the victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers,” the statement said said.

A witness, Chuck Cordero, said he watched the gunman shoot his friend, who works as a cook at the restaurant.

“He pulled up, he got right out, he was prepared to do what he did. He didn’t look around for anybody, he just kinda got out and just started shooting and there just happened to be two people standing right outside,” Cordero told WTVF.

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(CBS News) – Four people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House in Tennessee early Sunday, Don Aaron of the Metro Nashville Police Department said in interview with CBS affiliate WTVF.

“A patron wrestled away the gunman’s rifle. He was nude & fled on foot,” authorities tweeted.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department identified a “person of interest” in the shooting — which took place at the Waffle House located at 3571 Murfreesboro Pike, in Antioch — as Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Illinois. Police were still searching for him late Sunday morning.

Witnesses said, according to Aaron, Reinking arrived in his pickup truck. “He got out. There were persons outside the restaurant talking. He shot them. He then went inside the restaurant. More shots were fired, and one of the patrons was hit,” Aaron said.

Another patron was able to grab the gun from Reinking, who fled the Waffle House, according to Aaron.

Aaron said the gunman was wearing a green jacket when he went into the restaurant and later “shed” the coat a short distance away.

He “was last seen walking southbound on Murfreesboro Pike,” Aaron said, adding, “He was nude.”

Of the four people who were injured, two of them were shot, Aaron said.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident,” Waffle House said in a statement. Waffle House said there is an active investigation, and deferred all questions to police.

‘This is a very sad day for the Waffle House family, and we ask for everyone to keep the victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers,” the statement said said.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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